Mike Valeras
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Russell A. Worrell left a comment for Mike Valeras
"Hey Mike...luv ur playing & the odd time signatures man...if ur ever in N.Y. and need a drummer...don't hesitate to contact me! Keep doin great things! Peace."
Oct 11, 2010
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Practice Part III: Patience

We live in a “Get It Now” society more than we ever have before. There’s a phone application at our fingertips that gives us anything we want, anytime we want it. This is not the path of mastery. The ever-growing social attitude of “I want it now with the least amount of effort.” is not only the antithesis of musical progress, but a cancer eating away at it. Private instructors and colleges are dumbing down their curriculum and standards for monetary reasons, thus creating future generations of…See More
Mar 26, 2010
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Feb 5, 2010
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Jazz Improvisation: The Major Triad

Read my latest blog on the creative uses of the major triad for improvisation. http://ping.fm/TOPVR
Jan 27, 2010
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Jan 13, 2010
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Reflection on the passing of Charlie Banacos

It’s been almost a month since the passing of Charlie Banacos. I’ve wanted to get my thoughts and feelings down for quite some time now, but honestly how do you sum up Charlie in a blog and make people understand who he was and what he meant to his students. Charlie was arguably the best jazz educator in the world. People waited for years to gain entry into that tiny Beverly, MA studio for the knowledge that would change their lives. Yes, he fine tuned our improvisational and technical skills.…See More
Jan 10, 2010

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Where are you located?
Nashville, TN
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator, Clinician
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a guitarist, composer, and music educator originally from Lowell Massachusetts. In addition to extensive private instruction with legendary jazz instructor Charlie Banacos, I hold a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, and a M.M. from The University of Massachusetts. My greatest passion is the study of guitar performance and the instrument's application to all musical styles. This pursuit has led me to Nashville, TN where I currently work as a freelance performer, studio musician and writer
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Gary Smejkal
What Instrument do you play?
Guitar
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http://www.mikevalerasmusic.com
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Practice Part III: Patience

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 9:55pm 0 Comments

We live in a “Get It Now” society more than we ever have before. There’s a phone application at our fingertips that gives us anything we want, anytime we want it. This is not the path of mastery. The ever-growing social attitude of “I want it now with the least amount of effort.” is not only the antithesis of musical progress, but a cancer eating away at it. Private instructors and colleges are dumbing down their curriculum and standards for monetary reasons, thus creating future generations…

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Practice Part II: The Path

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 12:35pm 0 Comments

In my last post, I spoke about defining your passions in music. The next step in your development is your path. Now, this is where most self help books would talk about setting goals. I’m not going to do that. We are, after all, musicians and not Olympic decathletes. Now don’t get me wrong. Professional goals are necessary. I have major ones. I want to teach 100 students a week. I want to play on the biggest sessions in Nashville. I want to perform at the most prestigious jazz festivals all…

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Practice Part I: Passion

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 2:37pm 0 Comments

Over the years, I’ve been asked many questions regarding practicing and motivation. Due to the recent interest expressed by some of you on this matter, I would like to respond by exploring reasons for, and ways to avoid, “Hitting the Wall.” Today’s post, the first of three, will address what I believe to be the most important element of any artist’s/musician’s quest for self-improvement. Passion.

It is my belief that…

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Jazz Improvisation: The Major Triad

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:13pm 0 Comments

Read my latest blog on the creative uses of the major triad for improvisation. http://ping.fm/TOPVR

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At 8:55am on October 11, 2010, Russell A. Worrell said…
Hey Mike...luv ur playing & the odd time signatures man...if ur ever in N.Y. and need a drummer...don't hesitate to contact me! Keep doin great things!
Peace.
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